Mirror Trees (For the Genealogically Challenged)

I’m finally getting around to explaining the whole concept of mirror trees…I am aiming to explain it in a way that will be understood by those who aren’t necessarily into genealogy, as I have mentioned it so many times to family members and friends when they ask how I’m going with the search for Mum’s…

The Suitcase

Woke up from a nap this afternoon (I’ve been rather unwell today, it’s finally easing up!) to find an message waiting for me on Ancestry. A distant Taplin (biological maternal side) relative had forwarded an email she’d received from someone who had found a suitcase of letters, documents and photos at the op shop she…

Congress 2018

Happy to say that I’ve registered for the Family History Congress being held next year in Darling Harbour! This will be the first genealogy event that I’ve attended, so I am very excited! I’ve been reading Geniaus‘  101 Reasons to Attend Congress 2018 blog posts and well, receiving those in my inbox made it near impossible…

“The Death of Captain Taplin”

I recently came across an obituary of my third great grandfather, Richard Taplin. Richard was born in 1848 in Ambleside, Westmorland England and died suddenly of a heart attack on the 19th of December, 1903. The Sydney Morning Herald published his death notice on the following Monday: His funeral was written about on the 22nd…

Family Keepsakes: Mum & Dad’s Engagement Guest Book

Last night I found myself looking through the bookshelf in our family room, as you do at 10pm at night! In it I found some rather random things, a copy of a tax return, my Year 3 homework book (I wish I was kidding) and most interestingly, my parents engagement guest book. Bound by my…

Friday’s Faces From the Past

**Thought I’d give this weekday theme a try! Thanks to GeneaBloggersTRIBE for this one! The content for this particular post was originally posted on my photography website. Since being posted there, I have identified one woman and have had a descendant of hers get in contact. The others however remain unidentified. I have updated the…

Winifred Sarah Hann

I think one of the best parts of genealogy is discovering shared traits and abilities with your ancestors. It can be a bit surreal! I had one of those moments with a 1st cousin 4x removed on my Dad’s side, Winifred Sarah Hann. Born in Grafton NSW in 1886, Winifred was one of SEVENTY NINE grandchildren…

Edward Bate

My great grandfather Edward Bate was born in 1905, in Cannock, Staffordshire England. He was the youngest and only son of Edward Bate and Elizabeth Bate (nee Hughes), with his elder sister Elsie being born in 1902.   Sadly Edward lost both his parents in a short space of time, losing his father just before…

“Alfie”

    This photo is among my favourites in my Great Great Uncle Norman’s wallet that he kept during his service in World War One. On the back of it, there is a fair amount of writing: This postcard was particularly difficult to transcribe, as you can see! (If anyone can make out any of…

Who Am I Doing This For?

This past week has got me thinking about why I’m doing genealogy…who am I doing this for? Is it simply for my own personal purposes, or is it for both personal and wider familial purposes? To be honest, I didn’t have to ponder too hard on that particular front, for me it’s the latter. Genealogy for…

124 Years Ago

On this day, 124 years ago, my third great grandmother Sarah Hughes, nee Hickey, passed away. I received a tonne of information on this side of the family only two days ago, and whilst verifying this info I noticed how close the date was. Born in Queens County (known today as Laois County) in Ireland…

Emily Blanch or Emmeline Stevens?

There are puzzles in every genealogy journey…my journey is no exception. This particular puzzle comes from Mum’s biological maternal side. Question is, which lady is my third great grandmother? I thought it was an easy answer originally, with Emily Blanch marrying Richard Taplin in 1877… my second great grandfather George Richard Taplin was born 1882. Emily…